Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
The National Park Phu Hin Rongkla ( Thai อุทยานแห่งชาติ ภู หิน ร่อง กล้า ) is a national park in the provinces of Phitsanulok and Loei and Phetchabun in northern Thailand.
The National Park Phu Hin Rongkla covers an area of about 307 square kilometers in the districts ( Amphoe ) of Nakhon Thai ( Phitsanulok province ), Dan Sai ( Loei province ). The southern part of the National Park turns into the province of Phetchabun. This is where four smaller rivers Don and Mueat Luang Yai.
The landscape of the National Park is dominated by steep mountains and rocks. Larger peaks form of Phangma Phu, Phu Lomlo (height: 1664 meters), Phu Hin Phu Man Khao Rongkla and that is the highest point of the park with a height of 1820 meters.
Fauna and Flora
The mountains are covered with evergreen forest. Predominant are dry dipterocarp forests.
In the park, there are many animal species. In addition to the rare Tiger and Leopard here the Asian black bear, as well as various species of birds.
Lan Hin Taek ( ลาน หิน แตก, Field of broken rock ) is located about 300 meters west of the former headquarters of the Thai Army, forming a very beautiful natural rock formation with numerous orchids, ferns, mosses, lichens and seasonally changing flower species.
The Man Daeng Waterfall ( น้ำตก หมัน แดง ) is about 22 kilometers from the headquarters of the park administration away towards Lom Sak. He has a total of 32 stages and gets its water from the top of Phu Man Khao.
Three kilometers from the park headquarters are the former accommodations of the headquarters of the Communist forces. Not far away is the river a water mill.
The climate is relatively moderate and not as hot as in the lowlands due to the hillside location. The temperatures do not rise much above 25 ° C and can sometimes even drop below the freezing point.
Between 1968 and 1972, was the area of the National Park scene of fighting between communist insurgents, who had established a base here, and Thai soldiers. Due to the difficult terrain could initially not achieve any success against the Communists and had to change tactics. Military and civilian police forces supported the soldiers and were able to convince the Hmong to solve their connections to the insurgents and to work for the Thai authorities. The communists could be brought to task without bloodshed followed.
In February 1983, investigated the Official National Park Service of the country for the first time the area and found that there exist many natural beauties that made them appear to be suitable for a national park. 1984, the National Park was opened as 48th in the country.